Archive for 2012

The Top 10 Most Appreciated Projects of 2012

Before making the leap into another productive and creative year, we decided to celebrate with some Behance highlights from 2012. Check out our roundup of the top 10 Most Appreciated projects from this past year and congrats to all the talented creatives who made the list:


#1. New York based illustrator/designer Peter Stults re-imagines contemporary movies, and their posters, through the lens of a different era. Check out the full series here.


# 2. Tim Tadder quickly became a Behance favorite with his “Water Wigs” photo series, where he exploded water balloons on the heads of bald men.


#3. David Habben experimented by drawing a shape subconsciously then filling it with unique characters. “Shapes of Conscious” brings to light the notion that even contraints can foster creativity.


#4. Mexican design studio Anagrama shared 50 logos in a single project, ranging from hospitality brands to film festivals.


#5. Italian artist Alberto Seveso created a simple, yet elegant series of work that instantly took off. Pouring ink into water, Seveso captured the moving beauty with high speed photography.


#6.  Frontage is a charming, layered typeface based on a simple grid. In addition to sharing his work, typographer Juri Zaech even gave away free downloads of the font!


#7. Texan Calligrapher Sean McCabe believes ”nothing says something as beautifully as hand-drawn lettering” and we have to agree! See here for the full series of hand drawn quotes.


#8. Inspired by the idea of 3D food printers, French studio Zim and Zou created a memorable cover for Icon magazine out of paper. Detailed shots (and an animated .gif) here.


#9. Digital photography and retouching project “L’Enfant Extérieur” brings to life the inner child in each of us.


#10. The Arc Angel is a footwear solution that helps reduce the impact on dancers’ feet, while encouraging proper technique. Ballerinas everywhere are thankful for product designer Guercy Eugene

 

 

Meet the team: Alison

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
My name is Alison and I am Behance’s Business & Finance Manager. As Business & Finance Manager, I oversee Behance’s finances, our internal HR and some of our day to day operations. My job changes a lot; some days I spend securing visas, and some days I’m working on new products for the Outfitter, but it’s always interesting!

 

What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1.
Action Method Online: AMO helps me stay super organized and is an important part of my daily routine. I like to keep my email inbox pretty empty, so I’ll turn emails to follow up on into Action Steps, to keep me focused on the more pressing tasks at hand. 
2.
Spotify: Listening to music on my headphones really helps me focus. Also, I’m kind of an obsessive playlist maker.
3. 
Hipchat: Hipchat helps me stay in touch with what everyone is working on throughout the day. It’s also great for when you’re working on a project with certain members of the team who are scattered around the office by letting you continue the conversation and keep things moving forward without shouting across the office at each other.

What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?
The Action Book Minis! Have you seen them? They’re great. Also, throwing Scott a surprise baby shower that was really kept a surprise, even though we snuck in balloons and his wife!

What do you listen to while working?
Whenever possible, I love listening to ‘This American Life’, but when I really need to focus, I listen to playlists on Spotify or off some of my favorite blogs. My go to record when I’m not sure what to listen to is ‘Tim” by The Replacements. It never gets old.

Name something you’ve learned since joining the Behance team that you weren’t expecting:
How much we all genuinely care about each other. I think one thing that makes the Behance team so great is that we’re able to be so close, and it’s part of why we’re so great at holding each other accountable. We celebrate things together, like birthdays and Behance milestones, and we’re there for each other if anyone needs anything. Which is why at work, you wouldn’t want to disappoint that person. We’re all passionate about Behance and the culture we’ve created, and I’m pretty proud of that.

Where did you grow up?
Florida. And I’m pretty proud of it. Ask me about the time my mom out-swam an alligator.

Behance & Adobe: Serving The Future Of The Creative World

Our mission to connect and empower the creative world is getting a big boost today. Our team is thrilled to join Adobe and take Behance to the next level. We’ve been given an opportunity to influence creative work, careers, and the creative industry on a grand scale, and we intend to do just that.

 
The Behance team will remain intact (in NYC!). We will focus on building a better Behance and helping the creative world collaborate and connect throughout the creative process, from start to finish.

Our team still feels like we’re in the early innings of our journey to empower the creative world. The platform is growing like never before, and the most exciting parts of our roadmap still await. We’re thrilled with the prospect of quickly reaching many millions of creative minds around the world – and better integrating the tools we use for creation with how we showcase and discover creative work.

As we considered the prospect of joining Adobe, a few things struck us most:

  • Connecting the creative community is the best way to empower the creative community. The creative industry has always been plagued with inefficiency and disorganization. But when we come together, we can use connectivity and transparency to our advantage. The prospect of using Adobe’s reach to connect the entire creative community is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to empower the creative world.
  • It’s about time our tools integrated with the way we discover, inspire and collaborate.  For too long, the creative world has struggled with a disconnected creative process. Creation should be inherently collaborative – and must evolve more frequently than typical software upgrade cycles. If the tools we use to create are connected with how we showcase and discover creative work, we can help usher in a new era of idea exchange and collaborative creation.
  • Online applications should foster the discovery of talent and “creative meritocracy.” Those of you who know us well know that Behance is obsessed with fostering proper attribution in creative work. With more transparency around who created what – and with whom – your work will increasingly become a source of new opportunity. We call it “creative meritocracy,” and it happens when the creative world’s work is organized, properly credited, and more easily discovered. As you put your work into the world, we want to make sure you get the credit (and opportunity) you deserve.

We’re joining forces with Adobe because the above points resonate with them just as much as they do with us.

The past six years at Behance have been dedicated to building a remarkable team to build a remarkable product that serves the creative community. We’re also excited about the prospects of influencing a set of tools and services that are core to the creative world on a daily basis.
 
 
The Road Ahead

Our mission continues: we want to empower creative people and teams to make ideas happen. We believe that a free and open platform to showcase work – and get discovered – will serve creative careers in extraordinary ways. Not only will we leverage Adobe’s resources to further build Behance, but we have been tasked with the responsibility to influence and improve Adobe’s services for the creative community – making them more collaborative and in sync with the future of creative workflow.

In practical terms, our team will continue to implement our (very ambitious) roadmap for Behance and integrate Behance features into Adobe’s services. We are eager to translate the site into multiple languages and leverage the latest technology to display creative work. 99U, our annual conference, and all of our efforts to educate and organize the creative community will continue to grow. And finally, we will explore new opportunities to move the creative industry forward, through better discovery applications, more transparency in the creative process, and providing access to the data behind the creative world at work.

Adobe has made some bold changes lately, including (1) breaking the traditional software package model with Creative Cloud, an affordable subscription for Adobe’s creative tools and services, (2) the acquisition of Typekit as a big step forward in offering services that make the web better, (3) doubling down on HTML5, and (4) becoming a more active contributor to open source essentials like jQuery, PhoneGap and WebKit and developing new open source-based web tools and services that will evolve the web as we know it (http://html.adobe.com/).   We’re thrilled to lead the next bold move: making community a central part of Adobe’s future. No doubt, the future of creative careers will depend on attribution and exposure for creative work, as well as tools to connect, learn, and get opportunity.

We couldn’t be more excited for the road ahead.
 
 
Reflection On The Road Behind

This occasion also prompts reflection on the path we’ve taken as a team. We bootstrapped for five years, made plenty of mistakes and discoveries, and constantly reworked our products, business, and process. Over the years, we’ve become both a team and a family. In good times and challenging times, our mission kept us together and moving forward. Most of all, your stories – and your work – kept us inspired and humble. We are deeply grateful to the Behance community, and we aspire to build a better Behance that enhances your creations and career in the years to come.

We’ll do our very best to exceed your expectations.

Behance Team

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Q&A With Behance
Send your questions to energy@behance.com, and we’ll do our best to update this Q&A with an answer.

Is Behance still going to be free?
Yes, users can and will continue to join Behance for free and showcase their creative work. And we will continue to provide additional premium services such as personal websites (ProSite) that Behance members are welcome to use.

Yikes, I don’t like change. Is this the end of an era!?
With every change there are naysayers. And with acquisitions, often for good reason. All too often, a company is purchased for its technology and is subsumed into a corporate headquarters, losing its identity and autonomy – and exchanging its mission for some new business objective. On the contrary, Behance is joining Adobe to advance our mission and shared vision with Adobe. Our place within Adobe ensures that Behance will remain in NYC, focus on our community, and continue building out the platform – open to all – with a certain set of tenets that we’ve held since day one. We’ve got a long-term vision for serving the creative community that is greatly advanced by Adobe’s reach, and what we have planned will also improve Adobe’s services in the process.

Fine, but what will change?
In addition to continuing with our roadmap and refining Behance, our team has been given a new and substantial opportunity to integrate Behance-powered community and collaboration features across Adobe’s services (and other tools too!). We think this is awesome. It will grow the Behance community and provide unparalleled transparency and insight into the creative world at work. We want to play an active (historic!?) role in the next century of creative process and leading a creative career.

Of course, we’re also excited to tap some of the brilliant minds at Adobe to improve our technology. There are so many things we’ve always dreamed of doing but lacked the resources, data scientists, and PhD’s to figure it out. We still have much to learn.

Can Behance really retain its identity and independent thinking working in Adobe?
Communities thrive when they allow anyone to join, despite what tools they use or the stage of their career. As such, Adobe deeply respects the sanctity of the Behance community, and will preserve the philosophy and values that drive it. Adobe’s acquisition of Typekit is a recent example; the service has remained intact while also being incorporated into Adobe’s Creative Cloud offering for better accessibility and value for users.

Bigger picture: For a community to grow and sustain online, it must be grounded in certain values that never change. Behance has thrived as a result of our commitment to openness, proper attribution, meritocracy, and supporting creative careers (focusing on education via 99U, fighting spec work and negative crowdsourcing efforts). Not only will these values remain intact, but Adobe shares our belief that they are central to the future of creative careers. Our job is to uphold these values and push them further.

Ok, but it all comes down to leadership. Will Behance’s team remain intact?
Yes. We’re pretty psyched about the new growth prospects of Behance, our ideas for Adobe integrations, and what we have planned for the future. We will maintain Behance’s startup spirit, remaining agile and deeply incentivizing the team to think long-term. All of our leaders across design, product, development, and community management will build out their teams as a result of this step. Suffice to say, we’re just getting started. Want to join us?

Will this affect my ownership/copyright of work displayed on Behance?
No; all work posted on Behance belongs to the individuals who posted it, per our Terms of Services that was developed to protect the rights of Creatives that use Behance’s service. And, of course, your selected copyright settings will continue to be as you selected.

Must have been a tough decision. How did you make it?
Well, our litmus tests for pretty much every decision in Behance’s history have been:

  • Will this help the creative world connect and showcase their work on a central platform?
  • Will this provide better attribution for who created what – and more transparency that will help creative careers?
  • Will this help creatives get more exposure for their work – and thus more access to opportunity that will help their careers?
  • Will this foster creative meritocracy and limit the forces of commoditization and spec crowdsourcing that threaten creative careers online?
  • Will this keep our team engaged and enable us to do the greatest work of our lives.

When the answers to these five questions are yes, then we know we’ve made a good decision for the community, and for our team.  Adobe is going to be a great advocate for the vision and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for you…  Stay tuned.

 

Great Opportunities This Week: From Brooklyn, NY to Bordeaux France

Behance JobList hosts the best opportunities in the creative job market from top companies across the globe. Here’s a roundup of fresh postings on the JobList this week.

For daily updates on the latest opportunities, follow @BehanceJobs on Twitter

Red Antler's Brooklyn-based office

Web & Interaction Designer (Brooklyn, NY)
Red Antler is a branding consultancy that works primarily with Startups. Full disclosure: Behance works with Red Antler on branding and product, so we can vouch for just how awesome they are!

UX/Visual Designer (San Francisco, CA)
Quri is a mobile/web startup that brings crowd-sourced information to trade marketers and they’re seeking someone to help the with their visual design and user experience.

Associate Creative Director (Atlanta, GA)
Creative Circle is a staffing company that specializes in finding freelance and fulltime creative professionals. Their new Associate CD will work on a variety of highly visible, interactive projects.

Directeur Artistique Junior (Junior Art Director) (Bordeaux, France)
MOONDA est une agence de communication cross media. Firstly, you’ll need to speak French for this position, but secondly you’ll need to have a knack for creative conception and digital campaigns.

 QA Automation Engineer (New York, NY)
Join the Behance team as our new QA Engineer. We’re looking for someone who loves to break things and hates repetitive actions. To learn more about working at Behance here.

Behance Portfolio Review Week Coverage

Another Behance Portfolio Review has wrapped up and once again, creatives have gathered across the globe to meet and present their work. Check out some outstanding global coverage both before, during and after the events!

Collection of some notable articles:

 

Behind the Project: Epic Infographic of Sony Music’s Timeline

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. This time, we spoke to Alex Fowkes, a UK-based graphic designer who received a monumental brief: celebrate Sony Music’s 125 years by creating an giant infographic (containing the name of every artist who ever signed with Sony throughout their history) to go on Sony’s office walls. The result is incredible. 

What was your inspiration for this project?
The inspiration for this project was mostly the brief and the content itself – that drove a lot of how it needed to look and function. The layout of the type came down to me deciding that I wanted to deliver the content in columns, much like a newspaper. This was due to the vast amount of information that needed to be displayed and most of all understood.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
The project was 6 months from first meeting to the press releases going out. I pitched for the project with my ideas, and once I was chosen, the biggest part of the process was for filling my proposal. With only myself to set almost 1,000 of the music industries biggest names, there was a large mountain to climb. I spent over 2 months everyday setting names into the columns and drawing images for the bigger names artists. Once all the artwork was completed and signed off it was off to the printers to be made and then one long weekend to install. Read more →

Behance Co-Founders Featured in Business Insider’s “Coolest People in New York Tech” List

Business Insider published a round up of “the coolest people in New York tech this year” and Behance co-founders Scott Belsky and Matias Corea were included! They write, “Belsky and Corea bootstrapped design site Behance for six years before raising any money. Two million published products have been viewed more than one billion times on Behance.”

Read more.